Created By: Nomic on December 28, 2008
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Cartoon Bomb

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Don't think we have this one, and it's definetly common enough to be tropeable. Up For Graps.

If you ask a person to draw a bomb, this is probably what you get. A round black object, about the size of a bowling ball with a fuse sticking out of it. Sometimes it may have the word "Bomb" written on it in bold letters. Very common in cartoons and comic books. No idea where this comes from, as real-life bombs generally aren't large black spheres.

Seen It a Million Times, some examples I can remember:
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  • December 28, 2008
    ROBRAM89
  • December 28, 2008
    Number87
    I think this is Incredibly Obvious Bomb.
  • December 28, 2008
    Unknown20Troper
    MAD's Spy Vs. Spy.
  • December 29, 2008
    Unknown20Troper
    It's a subtrope of Incredibly Obvious Bomb, but that also includes more realistic but still blatantly obvious bombs like the classic digital timer bomb.
  • December 29, 2008
    Indigo
    • Neo Pets has a bomb like that in their Sutek's Tomb game.

  • December 29, 2008
    CodeMan38
    Bomberman, anyone?
  • December 29, 2008
    Kayube
    The bombs in The Legend Of Zelda are pretty much like this, only they're more blue than black.
  • December 29, 2008
    Bisected8
    I've seen quite a few cartoons that used a bundle of TNT sticks instead.
  • December 29, 2008
    Nyktos
    For a live action example, season three of Blackadder had a bomb that looked like this. It even worked like a cartoon bomb, exploding while a character is holding it but barely injuring him.
  • December 29, 2008
    triassicranger
    BomberNanimon from Digimon Savers...provided you aren't watching the American dub.
  • December 29, 2008
    Stinkoman87
    The bombs in Jump Ultimate Stars look like this, but purple.
  • December 29, 2008
    Teeth
  • December 29, 2008
    iTroper
    As an explanation, I believe that those "bombs" were actually cannonballs from the colonial era. Don't quote that though, I probably got that completely wrong; I just thought it might be an interesting explanation.

    As for an example, Disney and Havana-Barbarra used them at times as well.
  • December 29, 2008
    Prfnoff
    The Macintosh used the bomb symbol in the "Sorry, a system error occurred" alert box (before OS X).

    The Atari ST used the row of bombs to indicate system crashes.
  • December 29, 2008
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    IIRC, an old Bullwinkle cartoon had him stating, "this bomb has been cleverly disguised as a bomb."
  • December 29, 2008
    LarryD
    I think the representation comes from primitive hand gernades:

    "The word "grenade" originated in the Glorious Revolution (1688), where cricket ball-sized iron spheres packed with gunpowder and fitted with slow-burning wicks were first used ..."

    I've seen the image used in political cartoons dated back to the beginning of the 19th century.
  • December 29, 2008
    Martin The Mess
    The line "and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air" from the American National Anthem refers to early-19th-century naval bombs, oversized hollow cannonballs stuffed with gunpowder and a slow-burning wick, fired with a mortar or naval artillery at a target. Fired at a wooden ship, they could be truly devastating. Fired at a stone fortress, as in the battle that inspired the poem later set to the tune of a pretentious English university drinking song to become the American National Anthem, and they were somewhat less effective, but could still be useful as anti-personnel shrapnel weapons. They looked almost exactly like the cartoon bombs, albeit with a much shorter fuse.
  • December 29, 2008
    Radioactive Zombie
    Serious Sam's logo is a pissed-off face in the middle of these bombs.

    One of the modifications of Team Fortress 2 was the dart-shaped, looney-toons style bomb.
  • December 29, 2008
    random surfer
    In Revenge of the Pink Panther members of the French Connection use one of these on Cleuseau.
  • December 30, 2008
    Unknown Troper
    Bump.
  • December 30, 2008
    JethroQWalrustitty
    The Wallace And Gromit short "A matter Of Loaf And Death"
  • January 1, 2009
    JethroQWalrustitty
    Bom- I mean Bump.
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